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Is there any real way to know if a rifle was equipped with one?  I have a late 1902 rifle and letter, but the letter did not state any sight information.

 

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In most cases, if a Model 1894 was factory equipped with the Smokeless sight, it would have been listed in the factory records. If the factory letter does not list it, most will assume that it was added at a later time.

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Thank you. 

As a follow up question:

November of 1902. Serial 161026,  Any idea where that date would fall in the calibers release? I would think it’s pretty early in production.

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Thank you. 

As a follow up question:

November of 1902. Serial 161026,  Any idea where that date would fall in the calibers release? I would think it’s pretty early in production.  

The first Model 1894 manufactured in 32 W.S. was serial number 107731, October 5th, 1901.

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A note of interest is that the rear of the 32 W.S. sight did not contact the barrel and will not leave a mark on the barrel.  It is also shorter than the standard Winchester rifle sight.  Standard sights with the sliding elevator will generally leave a tell tale wear mark.  RDB

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Thanks

Yes this is currently fitted with a correct Standard sporting rifle sight with set screw and serrations on the ears.  Also what appears to be a 6 notch 22a elevator. 

I have a smokeless site in my parts box and wonder the wisdom of putting it on….  if my letter had stated it was shipped that way. I’d not hesitate. 

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